President Biden delivered a speech at a union training center in Philadelphia, where he contrasted his campaign agenda with Republican priorities. He called on Republicans in Congress to lay out their budget and to find common ground with the Democratic Party. During his speech, he criticized the Trump-supporting base of the Republican Party, stating that “MAGA Republicans are calling for defunding the police department.”
Many commentators on social media criticized President Biden’s rhetoric as either uninformed or dishonest. Some accused him of lying, claiming that no MAGA Republican ever called for defunding the police. Others speculated that Biden either does not understand reality or is intentionally misleading the public.
Former House candidate and author Josh Barnett accused Biden of lying and tweeted that “no MAGA Republican ever said to defund police!!! but we did say defund the crooked FBI til they stop attacking Americans for political retaliation.” Washington Examiner columnist Ian Haworth suggested that Biden was either out of touch with reality or intentionally lying through his teeth.